Kiwi singer strong chance to take out Usher's global Megastar competition

A young Kiwi singer might just be our next global music superstar after entering a competition run by US singer Usher called Megastar.

Chris Black, 25, currently works in Motueka for a kayaking business, but that could soon change as he is currently sitting at number two in the top 10 of the US singing competition.

Megastar is an app based competition where potential singing stars send in music videos that are first judged by celebrities (including Usher) before being voted on by the public in a bid to win a trip to Los Angeles to compete for a $US1 million prize.

"I'm so passionate about it and it's something I want to do for the rest of my life so I think this is going to be a good kick start to it," Black told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

The top five contestants when voting closes on Sunday will head to Los Angeles where they will perform in front of Usher in the hopes of taking out top spot.

"I can't even describe it, to be able to meet Usher and potentially win $1 million would change my life," the 25-year-old said. 

The public can vote once per 24 hour period up until Sunday, for more info on the Megastar competition follow the link.

Chris Black works for a kayaking business in Motueka but sings any chance he gets. Source: Seven Sharp

Maimoa Music's Te Reo video tops the list of NZ’s most watched YouTube clips of 2017

For the first time ever, a video in Te Reo has topped the list of New Zealand's top trending YouTube videos of 2017. 

Maimoa Music's single, Wairua, has racked up 3.1 million views since May. 

Maimoa Music is a collective group of 12 young Maori artists. 

The collective of young Maori artists have released the track We Are Human in the hopes of raising awareness about everyday struggles. Source: Te Karere

It's not the only video in Te Reo to make the list, with a cover of the waitata Tiaho mai ra by Jessica and Tiana Waru coming in at number nine. 


Teenage thrash metal band who sing in Te Reo Maori to play first European festival

New Zealand thrash metal band Alien Weaponry made headlines last year for their unique mix of heavy metal music and Te Reo Maori. 

Today, the Northland natives have announced they will play their first European festival next year. 

Alien Weaponry will play on the Bosko Bursac stage at Metaldays in Slovenia, a festival that runs from July 23 to 28.

With all three band members under the age of 18, it is believed that the band is the youngest act to ever play the festival as well as being the first New Zealanders, according to a statement. 

Drummer Henry de Jong said it’s hard to believe that come the middle of next year "we’ll be sharing the stage with some of the biggest metal names in the world."

The band has been signed to a three-year contract with Berlin-based management agency Das Maschine. 

Alien Weaponry won both of the competitions within the same weekend. Source: 1 NEWS